Happy Friday everyone! Getting outdoors can be a lot of fun.... and we've got a few fun things to do outside this weekend.
At the Alachua County Farmer's Market, the sun won't be the only thing generating heat on Saturday. The folks there are hosting the Gainesville Chili Pepper Festival to start out the weekend. If you think you've got a winning recipe for chili you might want to give it a try. The event will feature a chili cookoff and live music. And if you're taking the family there'll be a watermelon seed spitting contest for the kids. Admission is free for all ages. The event goes from 8:30 am to 1 pm Saturday at the farmer's market at 5920 NW 13th Street in Gainesville. Check the link on our website... wcjb.com ... for more info on entering the cookoff. Website
If you're looking for some good barbecue you may want to head to Live Oak. The Smokin' on the Suwannee Barbecue Festival runs tonight through Saturday. At the event there'll be some good barbecue, of course, in addtion to entertainment throughout. But the competition, sanctioned by the Florida Barbecue Association, will be fierce. And, if you're an early riser Saturday, you can participate in the Hog Jog 5k run at 7:30am. The Smokin' on the Suwannee Barbecue Festival this year is at the Suwannee County Fairgrounds in Live Oak. Website
On a slightly different topic, have you ever wondered if the Florida Skunk Ape exists? The Florida Museum of Natural History is looking into the topic Saturday. It's part of the museums Creative B Movie Series that's been running this month. At this event you'll get to listen to museum naturalists, researchers and local experts who will explore the legend of the creature. If you want to explore the "Trail of the Skunk Ape", the event runs from 6 to 10 Saturday evening at the musuem on Hull Road in southwest Gainesville. Website
Enjoy your weekend!